A spokesman for a gold mine where rescuers are searching for two miners says crews have made progress on how to safely access the men and hope to reach them today.
Rescuers were searching for a second day Friday for the two men who are missing and feared dead in the Meikle mine in northern Nevada.
Lou Schack, of Barrick Gold of North America, says the men were being lowered into a shaft in a cage similar to an elevator early Thursday when a vertical pipe broke loose from a wall and struck the cage, severely damaging it.
Schack says the pipe, about 2 feet in diameter, was used to carry crushed stone and rocks.
He confirms five fatalities have occurred at the mine, which opened in 1996 about 55 miles northwest of Elko.